About 1851, Edmund was apprenticed to a wood engraver, Mason Jackson, for seven years.
Walker, Parker, & Company"s lead works at Chester. They were also connected by marriage to the Brontës through a Mrs Bramwell. He also trained under Myles Birket Foster.
From about 1863, he worked for the publisher Joseph Cundall and for the Illustrated London News.
Later in his life he started to paint and sketch with Thomas Collier. In 1874, he joined the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and went on to become one of its foremost members, being elected Vice-President in 1895.
He stayed for some months, exhibiting at the Otago Art Society in 1880. He died at Southbourne, Christchurch, Hampshire, on 25 December 1900.
Edmund"s siblings were:
Eleanor Wimperis b.1836
John James Wimperis (1839)
Frances Mary Wimperis "Fanny" (1840–1925), painter, studied at the Slade School of Art in London under East. J. Poynter in painting and Alphonse Legros in drawing.
Susanna White Wimperis (botanical artist)(c1843 Chester –1915) x George Joachim, manager of the Westport Coal Company - settled in Dunedin 1877
Ann Jane Wimperis “Jenny” (1844–1929), Dunedin painter
Joseph Price Wimperis (1849–1877)
Harriet Elizabeth Wimperis (1851–1869)
Edmund"s children were:
Edmund Walter Wimperis (*1865)
Arthur Harold Wimperis
Ann H Wimperis
Ethel M Wimperis.
Artistically, the members of this family were unusually talented and were all raised in Chester. The girls were members of the Naturalists Field Club, with Kingsley as leader. When aged about 38 he became a professional landscape watercolourist and member of the Society of British Artists.